I am making duck this Thanksgiving for our little family, inspired, in part, by Lucky Duck, a class we recently took with one of my favorite chef instructors, Peter Berley.
We made a lot of duck dishes, as you can see. So much duck!
I will be roasting a whole duck, then basting the heck out of it with a spiced maple glaze, and broiling it until it’s nice and crispy.
Sounds so good, right?
And if duck is not your thing, I’ll be posting an aggregate of wonderful s&h Thanksgiving recipes later this week!
Whole Roast Duck with Spiced Maple Glaze
(c) Peter Berley 2010
- You’ll need:
- 1 duck, excess fat removed
- 1 cup chicken or duck stock
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 cup orange juice (fresh is best)
- zest of 1 orange
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 2 cloves
- 2 t finely chopped fresh giger
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- salt, pepper
1. Preheat oven to 400F. Dry the duck well. Prick the duck all over with a fork so that any excess fat can render out.
3. Make the glaze: combine stock, syrup, orange juice and zest, cinnamon, cloves, adn ginger in a pan and simmer over medium heat until reduced to 1/2 cup. Strain the glaze and season with a few drops of lemon juice (or lime juice or rice vinegar). Season with salt and pepper.
4. Set aside the duck to cool. Cut the duck in half lengthwise and pull out the rib cage and back of each half (this is super intuitive once you cut it in half and makes for easier presentation at the table).
5. Light the broiler and position a rack six inches below it. Place the duck halves skin side up in a a pan. Broil until skin is crispy, about 4-5 minutes. Brush with glaze and broil for two more minutes.
6. Brush with remaining glaze and serve immediately.